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New film reflects epic changes in rural China

By Xu Fan | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2021-05-24 16:29

A scene in the new film Zhanqi Village. [Photo provided to China Daily]

As the first of its kind, Zhanqi Village -- a cinematic feature to reflect China's epic changes in the vast countryside thanks to the country's rural revitalization policies -- will open across Chinese mainland on May 25.

Based on real stories taking place in Chengdu, Southwest China's Sichuan province, the film tells the story of a village Party secretary who leads local young people to seek opportunities and develop distinctive industries.

Recently, more than 50 film critics, researchers and rural revitalization experts gathered at a seminar after a sneak preview of the film in a downtown Beijing cinema.

Veteran scriptwriter Song Fangjin, also deputy head of the China Cinema Literature Association, said the film successfully visualizes China's great shift from ending extreme poverty to the revitalization of rural areas.

Ding Yaping, head of the movie and TV program research institute of the Chinese National Academy of Arts, said the film blends multiple perspectives, ranging from elites to grassroots ordinaries, giving the audience a more comprehensive understanding of the changes in rural China.

A still image of the new film Zhanqi Village. [Photo provided to China Daily]
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